Rev. Peter Marshall, then Chaplain of the USA Senate, attempted to instill pride in their homeland among Scots living in the USA. The Kirkin' o' the Tartan ceremony was created by Rev. Marshall and held in the Presbyterian churches across the USA.
Later The Kirkin' of the Tartan ceremony began to be held in churches in Nova Scotia, but did not gain wide popularity until the first International Gathering of the Clans in Nova Scotia in 1979. The Kirkin' o' the Tartan is not limited to Presbyterian Churches, but is often found in other Protestant services as well as Roman Catholic services.